and thinking.. oh my..
and thinking.. it’s that way with ed et al too.. if we listen deep enough.. via the wonders of magnetic tape ness.. or whatever..
a nother way to live.. for all of us (has to be all of us)
Filmmaker (‘Michael Moore In TrumpLand’, ‘Fahrenheit 9/11’, ‘Sicko’), author (‘Stupid White Men’, ‘Here Comes Trouble’), citizen (USA, Flint, TC).
Michael Francis Moore (born April 23, 1954) is an American documentary filmmaker and author. He is the director and producer of Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004), a critical look at the presidency of George W. Bush and the War on Terror, which is the highest-grossing documentary at the American box office of all time and winner of thePalme d’Or. His film Bowling for Columbine (2002), which examines the causes of the Columbine High School massacre, won the Academy Award for Documentary Feature.
Both Fahrenheit 9/11 and Sicko (2007), which examines health care in the United States, are among the top ten highest-grossing documentaries. In September 2008, he released his first free movie on the Internet, Slacker Uprising, which documented his personal quest to encourage more Americans to vote in presidential elections. He has also written and starred in the TV shows TV Nation, a satirical newsmagazine television series, and The Awful Truth, a satirical show.
Moore’s written and cinematic works criticize topics such as globalization, large corporations, assault weaponownership, U.S. Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, the Iraq War, the American health care system, and capitalism. In 2005, Time magazine named Moore one of the world’s 100 most influential people.
Although Moore has been noted for his political activism, he rejects the label as redundant in a democracy: “I and you and everyone else has to be a political activist. If we’re not politically active, it ceases to be a democracy.” According to John Flesher of the Associated Press, Moore is known for his “fiery left-wing populism,” and publications such as the Socialist Worker Online have hailed him as the “new Tom Paine.” In a speech, he said that socialismisdemocracy, isChristianity. However, he later said that economic philosophies from the past were not apt enough to describe today’s realities.
Moore was a high-profile guest at both the 2004 Democratic National Convention and the 2004 Republican National Convention, chronicling his impressions in USA Today. He was criticized in a speech by Republican Senator John McCain as “a disingenuous film-maker”. Moore laughed and waved as Republican attendees jeered, later chanting “four more years”. Moore gestured with his thumb and finger at the crowd, which translates into “loser”.
During September and October 2004, Moore spoke at universities and colleges in swing states during his “Slacker Uprising Tour”. The tour gave away ramen and underwear to students who promised to vote. One stop during the tour was Utah Valley State College. A fight for his right to speak resulted in massive public debates and a media blitz, eventually resulting in a lawsuit against the college and the resignation of at least one member of the college’s student government. The Utah event was chronicled in the documentary film This Divided State.
Despite having supported Ralph Nader in the 2000 presidential election, Moore urged Nader not to run in 2004so as not to split the left vote. On Real Time with Bill Maher, Moore and Bill Maher knelt before Nader to plead with him to stay out of the race.
Moore drew attention in 2004 when he used the term “deserter” to describe then president George W. Bush while introducing Retired Army Gen. Wesley K. Clark at a Democratic Presidential debate in New Hampshire. Noting that Clark had been a champion debater at West Point, Moore told a laughing crowd, “I know what you’re thinking. I want to see that debate” between Clark and Bush – “the general versus the deserter”. Moore said he was referring to published reports in several media outlets including The Boston Globe which had reported that “there is strong evidence that Bush performed no military service as required when he moved from Houston to Alabama to work on a U.S. Senate campaign from May to November 1972.”
In 2007 Moore became a contributing journalist at OpEdNews, and by May 2014 had authored over 70 articles published on their website. On April 21, 2008, Moore endorsed Barack Obama for President, stating that Hillary Clinton’s recent actions had been “disgusting.” Moore was an active supporter of theOccupy Wall Street protest in New York City and spoke with the OWS protesters on September 26, 2011. On October 29, 2011, he spoke at the Occupy Oakland protest site to express his support.
Moore praised Django Unchained, tweeting that the movie “is one of the best film satires ever. A rare American movie on slavery and the origins of our sick racist history.”
Moore’s 2011 claims that “Four hundred obscenely wealthy individuals, 400 little Mubaraks – most of whom benefited in some way from the multi-trillion-dollar taxpayer bailout of 2008 – now have more cash, stock and property than the assets of 155 million Americans combined” and that these 400 Americans “have more wealth than half of all Americans combined” was found to be true by PolitiFact and others.
In an op-ed piece for The New York Times published on December 31, 2013, Moore assessed the Affordable Care Act, calling it “awful” and adding that, “Obamacare’s rocky start … is a result of one fatal flaw: The Affordable Care Act is a pro-insurance-industry plan implemented by a president who knew in his heart that a single-payer, Medicare-for-all model was the true way to go.” Despite his strong critique, however, Moore wrote that he still considers the plan a “godsend” because it provides a start “to get what we deserve: universal quality health care.”
In December 2015, Moore announced his support for VermontSenatorBernie Sanders in the upcoming 2016 United States presidential election. Moore has stated that Sanders is a “force to contend with” and showed his support on Sanders debate performances. In January 2016, Michael Moore officially endorsed Bernie Sanders for president.
got image above from this.. haven’t listened to yet..
hey Michael.. let’s try this..
a nother way.. deep/simple/open enough.. for all of us..
Michael Moore on the detention of WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange pic.twitter.com/S5q3PXImFb
morning after 5 pt plan
The only reason he’s president is because of an arcane, insane 18th-century idea called the Electoral College. *Until we change that, we’ll continue to have presidents we didn’t elect and didn’t want. You live in a country where a majority of its citizens have said they believe there’s climate change, they believe women should be paid the same as men, they want a debt-free college education, they don’t want us invading countries, they want a raise in the minimum wage and they want a single-payer true universal health care system. None of that has changed.
*rethink whole idea of presidency as well..
Michael Moore joins wide-ranging election talk – Anand
starts 5 min ish
7 min – people didn’t care about the label… people struggling from pay check to pay check.. respect not paying the govt anything
9 min – Anand – small town america is as incurious
10 min – how many shows on flint after he drank the water
11 min – on so many voting.. but not for president..
21 min – Anand – can’t have a republic if curiosity isn’t a two way street
24 min – it’s the data…
? – the way we vote.. is data..?
27 min – bernie was the revolution for how to run… trump was a revolution for destroying both parties..
29 min – why didn’t oprah run for democrats
hillary won the popular vote and lost
33 min – Anand – let’s take a little time to learn about this.. let’s just not find another candidate on top of same system..
34 min – find the common ground
37 min – Anand – thanksgiving.. great opp.. ask.. what did you learn from this that changed you..?
38 min – for all of us to agree – at thanksgiving table.. that we have more in common.. ie: all want good schools for kids..
39 min – Anand – we are more decent than we behave
40 min – as we leave.. i would champion Anand’s call – of two way street to cultural curiosity
i want children to play